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Preview Pack - Liverpool v Spurs - 16.04.05

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Liverpool


Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        13   6   4   3   20 -18  22
Away        12   1   3   8   10 -25   6
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Total(Prem) 25   7   7  11   30 -43  28
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
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Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Total(Prem) 25   7   7  11   30 -43  28
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 123 35  31  57  139 -196 114
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Liverpool

B'mingham   2-0   Liverpool
Newcastle   1-0   Liverpool
Liverpool   0-0   Blackburn
Liverpool   2-1   Everton
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)
Liverpool   1-0   Bolton
Man City    1-0   Liverpool

Spurs

Spurs      2-0   Fulham
S'hampton  1-0   Spurs
Charlton   2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Man City
B'mingham  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Newcastle

Pos           P W  D  L  F -A  GD  Pts
5 Liverpool  32 15 5 12  44-32 12  50
7 Spurs      32 13 7 12  39-35  4  46

It is unusual for Spurs to have something to play for in the League this late in the season, and it is 10 years since we put in a realistic challenge for Europe. Now, with the season potentially hotting up for us, we have to travel to Anfield, where the Champions League semi-finalists will be in buoyant and confident mood, after their commanding performance in Turin against Juventus midweek.

Spurs must focus on the fact that Liverpool have a recent poor record in their League matches following such mid-week ventures, and hope that they have not physically recovered from their travels, and a hard game.

Both sides have injury problems, but mention must be made of Djibril Cisse, signed last summer from Auxerre for 14 million, who returned to the Reds' squad on Wednesday night, after recovering from a horrific leg fracture against Blackburn last October. It should be mentioned that the injury did not arise out of a challenge from the opposition, but an awkward fall.

Cisse and Defoe were the focus of our opening game of the season at The Lane, when both scored to ensure the scores were level. Indeed we haven't lost to Liverpool for two years in a Premiership game.

The last time we travelled to Anfield was in August 2003, when Glenn Hoddle was still managing Spurs, and of course Gerard Houllier was in charge of the home side.Spurs managed a creditable draw, and played in Glenn's favoured 3-5-2 formation, with King, Richards and Gardner at the back. Apart from Ledley and Anthony Gardner, Simon Davies, Fredi Kanoute and Goran Bunjevcevic are the only Spurs players likely to figure in this game in some way, whereas several Liverpool players survive that day.

Defender Jamie Carragher has grown in stature immensely to the point that, along with Ledley King, he is genuinely on the periphary of Sven-Goran Eriksson's England defence, with Ferdinand, Terry and A.N. OTHER ahead of them. 6 years ago, Carragher had the misfortune to score own goals for us in both the League Fixtures, although Liverpool had the last laugh at Anfield, as they usually have.

It's just over 20 years now, since a Garth Crooks goal brought to an end one of the longest runs of a team visiting another stadium without a win, as Spurs had waited 73 years since their prior win, in the year the Titanic sank!

Whilst in recent years a number of players such as Clemence, Walsh, Ruddock, Stewart, Rosenthal,Barmby, Scales, Leonhardsen, Ziege and Redknapp have played for both sides, did you know that prior to Ray Clemence, the last guy to do that was Joe Brough, who played for Spurs in 1908-9, and Liverpool in 1910-11? Not a lot of people know that:)

Having mentioned Gardner, he is described as a doubt for this game, but I fancy he will take part. Michael Dawson is in training, and may travel, as Nourredine Naybet is out for the best part of the remainder of the season, with his hamstring problem. Naybet's class and cool influence will be missed. Michael Brown is also out injured, then has to serve a two match ban, so it's a good job that Sean Davis is fit again!

There is no return date for Steven Gerrard as yet, and Hamann is out till the end of the month, with Kewell a long time absentee. With playes like Olonso, Nunez and Garcia finding their feet at the club, Baros back in action, and fringe players such as Biscan and Smicer enjoying good form, this game will be as tough as any at Anfield for Spurs. Much as we need every point we can get, my head tells me we should be grateful for a draw.

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